Originally Posted by Hyper_Eye
The 3010 would be a significant downgrade in black level. The difference between the 6500UB and the 8350, when it comes to black levels, is massive. The terrible black levels of the 8350 are actually quoted as a slight advantage for the 8350 versus the 3010 according to Art's review. Having seen the grey that passes as black on the 8350 and having the incredible inky blacks of the 8700UB I would not consider a projector that had the same blacks, or worse, as the 8350.
Maybe if you had not spent so much time with an Epson UB unit you could be happy with the difference but if you care about black levels, and you do if you have owned the 6500UB, you will be terribly disappointed with that aspect. A 2-pj solution might work. I would use the 3010 for 3D and maybe daytime viewing if there is ever any light in the room but 2D theater viewing will be better on the 6500UB.
Your also forgetting that ART reviews his projectors on extremely high quality screens and in a bat cave. If you duplicate his setup yes the black levels will be significant, but if you just use the projector in your living room and you have a white screen, white walls, and a white ceiling. Your not loosing much detail in black level at all since all that white causes the light to bounce all around drowning the black levels down.
I owned an 8500ub and the epson 3010. From someone who owned both and compared them I honestly have to say that there was a minimal about of black level lost with the 3010. I did see a difference, but it wasn't anywhere near as huge as the difference from my projector to my plasma.
If you have a bat cave. The 5010 would be a better choice. If you can live with a little less black, then the 3010 will be great. The best part is this projector is 3d! Avatar looks Amazing! On top of that its much brighter than my 8500ub. I'd take the 3010 over my 8500ub anyday. In a bat cave i probably wouldn't, unless it was the 5010.
I suggest purchasing the 3010 and testing it out. You get to use a max of 4 hours before you can no longer return it. You really only need 1 hour to decide if its a projector for you.